Kindle Price: $0.99

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Abencerraje: A New Translation by [Anonymous]
Kindle App Ad

The Abencerraje: A New Translation Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle, May 23, 2012
"Please retry"
$0.99

Length: 29 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Matchbook Price: $0.00 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3371 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Açedrex Publishing (May 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085XOXP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

5 star
67%
4 star
33%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
While re-reading Don Quixote and taking the freely available Yale MOOC, I stumbled across this story. It is a quite simple and direct tale, very clearly written, and enlightens those of us who were educated in English and hence knew nothing of the history of Spain beyond their defeats at the hands of Drake and the bad weather in the Channel. Its greatest value perhaps lies in wanting the reader to learn more about the times and tribulations described.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Abencerraje was written in Spanish in 1565 about events that may or may not have happened in the 1480s, when, as translator Jessica Knauss puts it in her introduction: "...Ferdinand and Isabella had retaken the most of the towns on the Iberian peninsula [as part of their policy of] making Spain a Christian country.... Needless to say, the Muslims, whose forebears had arrived nearly 800 years previously, did not consider themselves temporary occupants of the lands under dispute."

Abencerraje is the story of the friendship between two men separated by race, religion, culture and politics, but united by their respect for honour, courage, chivalry and love. The one, Rodrigo, was a Christian, Spanish knight; the other, Abinddarráez, was a Spanish Moor and a follower of Islam.

I was transported into a heroic medieval past that may or may not have existed, but surely should have. It is a tale that recalls the stories in the Arthurian cycle in which bold and true knights defending their honour and lady-loves.

I know no Spanish beyond the ability to ask for more beer, but it seems to me that Jessica Knauss has captured the flavour of the language and the time in her translation, without resorting to pseudo-medievalisms -- such as "quoth" , "doth" and "forsooth" -- that mar so many historical novels. She gives us the story, "straight up" in the voice of the anonymous Spanish narrator, with no modern asides or explanations save for a few useful footnotes that do not impede the flow.

A cursory examination on the web reveals that Abencerraje is heavily documented by scholars. Some question its authenticity; most are self-consciously scholarly. However, once it is shorn of obscure academic debate, Abencerraje is a good story that deserves the fresh translation Knauss offers.

Seymour Hamilton
Astreyatrilogy.com
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
"The Abencerraje" is a late medieval story of friendship under the most unlikely circumstances. The two main characters are Christian and Muslim during the Reconquest of Spain. Despite this religious war, both men see each other's virtues and adhere to a chivalric code of honor.

What makes this story even more remarkable is the time it was written, about 1551, during the Spanish Inquisition. During a time of intolerance, the anonymous author dares to hope that friendship and understanding is possible across religious lines. He is centuries before his time.

Translator Jessica Knauss does a great job in making the story accessible to modern readers yet giving it a feel of another time and place. Many thanks to her for bringing it to a modern English-speaking audience.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Abencerraje: A New Translation
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Abencerraje: A New Translation